A rigorous analysis of data from studies conducted decades ago suggest that one dose of the hallucinogenic drug could help people stop drinking. It’s the latest work to call for further research on therapeutic use of hallucinogens.
Though the immediate nuclear crisis in Japan has passed, the process of securing and stabilizing the radioactive materials from the melted-down reactors will be a long, expensive slog. Recovery workers will also need to decontaminate the area surrounding the plant.
Rhino poaching is on the rise. The animal’s horn is believed to have medicinal properties, and some say legalizing the trade could help squelch the black market. One controversial way to reduce poaching may be rhino ranches, where the horns are harvested for sale.
Robert Siegel talks to retired Navy Captain Don Walsh about the attempt by movie director James Cameron to take a submersible capsule to the bottom of the Mariana Trench — the deepest spot on Earth. Walsh says the National Geographic and James Cameron expedition will be a combination of science and adventure, because Cameron is a storyteller and dedicated amateur explorer. Walsh made a 1960 dive to the same trench.
The New Horizons Mission blasted off toward Pluto in 2006; it’s on course to arrive in Pluto’s neighborhood in 2015. Mission leader Alan Stern discusses the journey of the spacecraft, and why he thinks Pluto is still a planet. Plus, the mission to get Pluto on a commemorative stamp.
Between the resident emu and the newborn goats, Harvard’s Concord Field Station, located in Bedford, Mass., has a menagerie feel. The lab researches how different animals move–which requires lots of animals, and gadgets to facilitate and document their motion.
Reporting in the Astrophysical Journal, scientists write of a massive collision between two galaxy clusters. By studying the cosmic remnants of that smashup, they say leftover dark matter isn’t behaving as current theory predicts. Astrophysicist Andisheh Mahdavi discusses this dark matter mystery.